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66 alpine V Series

Discussion in '"Stock" Alpine' started by 66Alpine, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. 66Alpine

    66Alpine Donation Time

    hey there beamers,
    Iam having some trouble with my fr. left flasher and running lights..and headlamp. The headlamp is very dim compared to the rt. one. Bought a new lamp, same thing. Obviously not the lampbulb itself.

    When i removed the lens cover, i replaced the flasher bulb, no go...i tried to remove the running bulb and the inside casing crumbled away..now there is nothing to hold the bulb in place..also the bulb is the type that slides into the elec. receptor unlike the rt. side which is the push in and turn type. Brake lights and flashers work fine..

    Do i need to buy a flasher and running light frame/holder or what?

    As always your help is appreciated to the ltd. mechanic...

    Thanx Johnny :eek:
  2. Wombat

    Wombat Donation Time



    Sounds as though there is a dodgy connection to the headlight. A likely place is the bullet connectors the headlight wiring plugs into. These can collect water and road dirt and corrode. I forget precisely where these are. On my car, I replaced the headlight wiring and did away with the bullet connectors.

    There is also another set of bullet connectors behind the left side of the dashboard. Also check the earth connection from the headlight. If you have a voltmeter, you can start at the headlight and trace the wiring back to see where the voltage drop is.

    Flasher/Running light:

    I am almost certain you need to buy a new lamp body. I believe the original bodies used the push-in wedge type bulb for the running light and the reproduction bodies use the bayonet type.

    I need to buy a pair for my Series IV 'cause I dont't have any!

    Good luck
  3. lemansvk

    lemansvk Donation Time

    With the headlight, I'd check the earth (ground) first. Corrosion (caused by age) often breaks the circuit; sometimes it will earth through another point in the circuit which has different resistance and hence you get a dim glow.

    I believe the parking/indicator light assembly is the same as used on many other Rootes cars of the same era (just as the tail lights are). They are probably available through one of the Sunbeam parts specialists and often available on Ebay UK.

    Cheers, Vic
  4. dmich2

    dmich2 Diamond Level Sponsor

    Johnny. Vic and Robert both raise good points to consider. I had a similiar issue with Sweet Pea and as I was replacing all the rubber gaskets on the lenses, housing, front and rear I decided to check the 40+ year old wiring and sockets. Spend $2.00 on one of those battery post cleaners where one end is female for the post and the other is a male round wire brush for the cables. This end is great for cleaning out the sockets for better contact. It really made a difference in mine. I think some suggest you should put some dielectric grease in the sockets after cleaning, but don't quote me on that.

  5. 66Alpine

    66Alpine Donation Time

    Robert, Vic and Dennis.

    Thanx for the input on my dilemas ( DILEMI?) whatever... I will give it a go on my next day off from the grind..

    Smooth motoring to all of you..

  6. Nickodell

    Nickodell Donation Time

    As dilemma comes from the Greek, the plural to the classicist (or didactic pain in the ass) would be dilemmae. Dilemmas is fine in the real world.;)

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